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Oulala from Fjällbacka

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Fjallbacka is a charming coastal village nestled between the cliffs and the sea. Walking along the port bordered by colourful houses is lovely.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

In fact, Ingrid Bergman chose to live here. She took sailing lessons here so that she could go out to sea and navigate between the dozens of islands and islets that are dotted across the horizon in Fjallbacka. Just like Ingrid Bergman, Ulla (pronounced “oula” like “oulala” she tells us) also prefers admiring the village from the sea.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

We met Ulla outside the library in the village, and after chatting to her she invited us aboard her little boat for a trip along the bay. Despite the wind and rain, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Here we are on Ulla’s boat admiring the village with its houses and cliffs. To warm back up after this delightful but damp experience, Ulla invited us to her house for a cup of tea.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lawal

So we followed her! With a pot of tea and some rosemary biscuits we met her husband Sven. Ulla is a GP and Sven is a child psychiatrist, they are staying in Fjallbacka for a month in a rented cottage as they live 200km north of here.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

We spoke a bit of French as Ulla studied in Montpellier in 1974 and she still has her perfect accent. They told us about the region, the best spots, and the love story between Ingrid Bergman and Fjallbacka. We left with full stomachs and full of kindness after this unexpected meeting.


[On the road, at the 58°35’55.4″N and 11°16’53.6″E]

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